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    02-27-2013, 01:26 PM
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I personally have a two horse slant (horses like it). In your situation I think you might be happier with a stock type trailer with divider to give the horses more room (as one of the other posters mentioned). I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet but check out the suspension system on the trailer you're thinking of getting. I went from a leaf spring suspension in my old trailer to a rubber torsion suspension with my new trailer and it makes a world of difference for a smooth ride.

As an aside to the trailer issue, I'd just like to add secure a list of emergency phone numbers of various places along the way (vets, trailer repairs, etc). Also include an emergency medical kit, extra halters/lead ropes, etc.
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    03-01-2013, 09:56 AM
I personally would be tempted to maybe go a bit of overkill on trailer size (as long as 2 of you are comfortable driving a long rig)

Split a long gooseneck stock trailer into 3 sections so you can move some personal stuff, and extra hay/water with the horses.

But make sure a few people are comfortable with the trailer so one can sleep while the other drives

Also make sure spare tire for trailer & spare truck tire are in excellent shape, take a heavy duty floor jack and some road cones incase of a flat
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    03-01-2013, 12:36 PM
Chevaux- Thanks I hadn't even thought about suspension

Tim - yes we have been considering going for an overkill, three slant load goosneck, just for the extra space, still looking though will post some links to some we are xonsidering later, girl e me you guys opinion
    03-03-2013, 01:30 AM
I made that trip about two years ago. We moved from just south of Richmond VA back to our home state of TX. I had two horses to haul. We used our 2 horse thoroughbred trailer. It wasn't fancy but we did spend what was necessary to make it safe for a trip like that. It got all new tires including the spare, brakes were checked, bearings were packed, break away box overhauled, and of course all the lights and floor checked out. I filled a rubbermaid box full of soaked hay since horses tend to not want to drink what they need on a trip. Mine ended up drinking rather well so that wasn't an issue. We did stop every 2 hours just to allow them to stand still for a while. That in itself is great rest for them. But we actually didn't unload. We were told this was more stress on them in strange surroundings if we weren't going to stop and stay for a day or two and at the time, one of ours was an iffy loader so we opted just for the every 2-3 hours stops. Forget shipping boots if you're thinking about it. I considered it and learned they just slide down and become a nuisance or rub. DON'T feed grain while on the road. That can lead to colic. Just offer plenty of hay. Oh and we hauled with our E350 powerstroke 12 passenger van. It did great. Horses did great. My 6 kids did great. We all arrived happy and in one piece. It's really not as complicated as it might seem as long as you don't try to keep up with the speed limit (I kept it between 55-60 most of the way) and stop regularly. Safe travels!
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